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Looking Towards Beamsley Beacon, square,

Caroline Smith

For me sketching is an all absorbing activity using pen and ink or charcoal pencil. I like not being able to rub things out, which leads to more eye catching pictures showing my personal interpretation to an event.

Sketching is often done with my dog, Red, whose need for a daily walk takes me to interesting places whatever the weather. To capture these moments I am rarely without a sketch book and pens. For longer sessions and weather permitting I create en plein air watercolour, gouache and oil paintings.

At home I enjoy working in oil creating compositions of local scenes in a naive style.

I started to get more into art whilst living in London where I attended many art courses and my work became a larger and more colourful. I felt encouraged with my love of capturing people, places and moments in time which is now continuing in Ilkley.


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Ilkley Arts mission is to promote and celebrate the arts in Ilkley and surrounding areas to enrich the lives of residents and visitors and to support and help the development of our exhibiting artists.

Ilkley Arts works with a wide range of organisations to achieve this mission from those whose focus is on developing young artists such as Art School Ilkley and Nell Bank Outdoor Education Centre as well as partnerships with Ilkley Manor House, Outside the Box, Ilkley Literature Festival and the Ilkley Playhouse.

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